Friday, 16 March 2018

Bukit Jalil Half Marathon 2018

I did my third half marathon for the year at Bukit Jalil Half Marathon last Sunday. I've always liked the Bukit Jalil route and had joined it in 2013 (when it was called Brooks Half Marathon), 2016 & 2017.

There's a slight change on the route this year compared to last year and it did make the run more interesting as we weren't running the same route over and over, year by year.
Photo credit: SS Leong
Because of the small area at the Start/Finish line, female runners were flagged off 10 minutes earlier than the male category.

It was published in the race guide and it was announced over and over and over again by the emcee yet some runners were still clueless about it. Haih.

The traffic control by traffic police, police (or polis bantuan?), RELA and marshalls were awesome! Every single junction was manned and they ensured that traffic was managed.

Sure, at certain big junctions we had to wait for the police to let the vehicles pass through first before us runners could continue our run, but no biggie. Better slow than sorry!

The crew and marshalls in Bukit Jalil Half Marathon were seasoned runners and they are older. Compared to much younger volunteers and crews you see at other races, the ones at Bukit Jalil Half Marathon have more energy and enthusiasm! 

Thank you all for the encouragement!

I was just plodding along, as I don't have any target time and I did told Hubby that I plan to do it in 3-hour! Hahaha

Anyway, just as I reached KM8 mark, I felt and heard this "phlep phlep" sensation and sound on my right foot. Turned out that the "tapak" of my right shoes had half came off. 

It was distracting not to mention irritating so when I reached KM9 (3rd water station), I asked for a scissor from the medic who was stationed there and cut the offending tapak. OK, time to buy a pair of new adidas! *sponsors welcomed*

A few friends passed by and said hi as I continued to plod along slowly.

Finally I finished the run, keypoh at the booth set up after we crossed the finish line to scan the QR code to get our results immediately. Then, after collecting my medal and finisher tee, it was a beeline for the cendol (taufufah had finished when I got there) and also ate lots of watermelons!

It was a good run and I was glad I did it because I initially thought of just "sambung tidur"when I woke up. So lazy to go run! LOL
Some photos taken at the Finish line of Bukit Jalil Half Marathon can be viewed Cik Arnab & En Kura-Kura FB page. There are 3 albums in total.

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Thursday, 15 March 2018

Press Release: Lion Parkson Run 2018

Kuala Lumpur, 15 March 2018 - Lion-Parkson Foundation (LPF) is organizing the third Lion Parkson Run at Pavillion Kuala Lumpur on 22 April 2018 to raise funds for education and charity including the expansion of the Home for Handicapped & Mentally Disabled Children in Banting, Selangor.

The Home for special children was built at a cost of RM2.2 million contributed by LPF, on a 4.17 acres piece of land worth RM1.2 million donated by Lion Group. The funds to build the Home came from a series of TV programs in 2008 and the Million Dollar Dance Grand Finale Charity Show in February 2009, both produced by LPF Chairman, Puan Sri Chelsia Cheng. The Home which can accomodate 100 children was officially opened by Puan Sri Chelsia Cheng and National Shuttler, Dato' Lee Chong Wei on 4 November 2012. The expansion of the Home will be able to accomodate another 100 children and an old folks home.

Parkson Merchandising Director, Ms Natalie Cheng in her opening speech invited the general public, members of the mass media and running fraternity to join in the Run for a good cause. The Run will have two routes of 3km and 10km. The registration fee for the 10km route is RM80 whilst the fee for the 3km is RM55 and RM120 for Family Run, for a family of 2 adults and 1 child aged below 12 years old. There is also a special 1km run for cancer patients and survivors.
Lion Parkson Run 2018 was then launched by Puan Sri Chelsia Cheng, Lion Group Director and LPF Trustee, Datuk CS Tang; LPF Trustee, Dr CHua Siew Kiat; and Ms Natalie Cheng.

The Run is targeting to attract 5,000 participants. The co-organiser is Lee Chong Wei Foundation whilst the main sponsor for the Run is Parkson, with other sponsors being Polo, Akemi, Falmoff, Hi-Rev Lubricants, Hwa Tai, Venue Sponsor - Pavillion Kuala Lumpur, 988 FM - Official Radio Station and Official Drink - Spritzer.

Lion-Parkson Foundation was launched in 1990 to administer and disburse funds for various needs such as education, charity and scientific research. Todate, the Foundation has sponsored a total of 448 students through various sponsorship programmes worth RM10.4 million. In addition, the Foundation has also contributed another RM24.5 million towards other causes, making a total contribution of RM34.9 million todate.

For more information or to register for the run, visit to register online. Those who may not be running but would like to donate, may visit Lion-Parkson Foundation at and Lion Group, for more information.

A peek at the Run medals and t-shirts:
 Finisher medal.
Event tee and Finisher tee for the first 1,000 10km finishers.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2018 Route Preview

Earlier this month, me & Hubby were invited to join the media tour for Standard Chartered KL Marathon (SCKLM) 2018 along with race officials and representatives (read: orang kuat) of Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Berhad.

We were taken on tour to view the full marathon (42K) route that full marathon runners will run on Sunday morning on Apr 8th, 2018. But luckily, we didn't need to put on our running shoes this time, because we boarded the Hop-On Hop-Off bus! The bus trip came complete with THREE police outriders. So VVIP!
 Me with SCKLM Race Director, Rainer  Biemans.
On the top deck of the Hop-On Hop-Off bus with the usual suspects or runners/bloggers/media.

And also SC reps.
Group photo after the route preview.

Photos credits : Chan WK.

The route preview was great and there are some changes in the full marathon route compared to last year's and in my opinion, this year's route is more interesting. We are spared AKLEH but we will have plenty of fun from KM32 onwards. Hahaha

We were also being guided along the way with tidbits of information and tips by Coach Mark Williams.

Thank you to SCKLM for the invitation and see you all on Apr 8, 2018!

Videos taken along the route can be viewed from our Cik Arnab & En Kura-Kura page. There are 23 short clips ranging from 30 secs to 2 mins available to show sections of the 42K route. Do visit our page and like us!

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Press Release: MISFIT2018

Shah Alam, 1st March 2018 - It is with great excitement, we announce Malaysia International Sports & Fitness Fair (MISFIT 2018) debuting from 3rd– 5th August 2018 at Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), Kuala Lumpur and 5th - 7 th October 2017 at The Persada Johor International Convention Centre, Johor Bahru. MISFIT2018 will be the first and largest sports, fitness, wellness and health exhibition to be held in Malaysia.
MISFIT2018 aims to make Malaysia as a sports hub, a sporting nation, encourage sports tourism and ultimately create a healthier society. It is designed to be an annual event to pursue a goal of bringing together major players in the sports, fitness, wellness and health industry. This includes local & international industry professionals, manufacturers, wholesalers, importers, exporters, retailers of:

 Sportswear & accessories
 Sports equipment & facilities
 Sports education & school
 Sports tournament & event
 Sports energy & health food
 Sports rehab & relax
 E-sports

There will be 212 exhibition booths in PWTC, Kuala Lumpur and 150 booths in Persada, Johor Bahru. MISFIT2018 is an international consumer and trade fair (B2B and B2C); hence a great platform that unites sports enthusiasts, health & fitness promoters and sports educators to sustain the industry's ever growing eco system.

With the team’s previous experience of organizing successful exhibitions, we are confident and expecting a crowd of 60,000 local and international high-quality visitors.
Program Highlights

Among the program highlights during MISFIT three exhibitions days are:
 Women Fitness by Joanna Soh, awarded “Health & Fitness” influencer in Malaysia at the Influence Asia Awards 2017
 Yoga with Atilia Haron, Celebrity Yogis & Singer
 Sports & Fitness Celebrity Guru; Nana Al-Haleq & Linora Low
 Running man Family Series
 Celeb & Athlete Auction - with 30 celebrities auctioning their personal belonging
 Fashion Show - Muslimah Sports, Kids and What's in 2019
 Talk Show - I am My Own Hero brought by ZuriatCare;
Day 1: Yasmin Hani, Prof Dr Muhaya, Adam Corrie ;
Day 2: Amin Idris, Farah Nabilah, Ann Najwa;
Day 3: Mizz Nina, Daphne Iking , Alif satar
 Dialogue- Raising Your Winners From Home
 Talk Show - Chill with Mizz Nina,
Day 1: Family & Sports;
Day 2: Physical & Wellbeing;
Day 3: Food & Fitness
 MISFIT cup – Street soccer tournament with refugee, junior and extraordinaire category
 Be Active with Celebrity Fitness
 Happy Hour Sale
 Dodgeball
 Forum – Biomechanics, How To Bounce Back From Injury

MISFIT2018 Campaign
MISFIT2018 CSR’s program in partnership with NGO bodies is a campaign to STOP RAPIST IN THE HOUSE. This campaign is timely due to the increasing and prolific number of cases happening which is damaging our society and needs to be stopped immediately. This campaign aims to create awareness on this issue, prevent future cases happening by educating the society and assist current victims by promoting current platform which is available such as Talian Kasih, 15999. Among the celebrities who are involved in this campaign are Alif Satar, Dato Jovian Mandagie, Professor Dr Muhaya, Mizz Nina, Diana Amir, Adam Corrie, Amber Chia, Daphne Iking, Imam Muda Asyraf, Syarifah Shahirah, Yasmin Hani, Azizah Ariffin, Amin Idris, Fariha Razak, Farah Nabila, An Najwa, Syed Azmi, Bella Yunus, Farrah Lee, Dayah Bakar, and many more.

Among some of the ways we are campaigning
 School Talk: Delivering information to children on various form of sex abuse, how to protect themselves and who to talk to.
 Sugar (1kg)/Rice Campaign: Provide information to parents on family manners and reporting platform.
 Celebrity Speak Up: Viraling campaign through various social media sites which will impact the public.
 Media Interview: Deliver campaign information nationwide.
 Compilation of NGOs: Provide victims with extensive list of Help Directory.
 Malaysian International Sport And Fitness Fair (MISFIT): Healthy body is a healthy mind.
Malaysia first and largest sports, fitness, health and wellness fair.

Our utmost gratitude to our collaborators; Media Prima Berhad, Kumpulan Media Karangkraf, Kolej Komuniti, Sisterhood Alliance, Malaysians Against Pornography, ZuriatCARE, Grandlens Production, MARA, SME Corp, Redbull, PUMA, New Balance, Celebrity Fitness and many more.

We look forward to extend the collaboration further with other government organization, media, NGO and industry influencers.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Affordable Western Fares At Dapoq Street

It was by chance that we stumbled upon this restaurant in Alam Damai Cheras. We actually went there looking for Laksa Sarawak but alas, the stall wasn't open and we were driving around and decided to try out this place. 
 We were there just after Maghrib prayers and fret not... the place also has surau available for patrons.

Customers were coming in steadily that night so I guess the shop is quite well-known although they've only just relocated to the current shop late last year.
What piqued our interest was their promo outside their shop for their budget chicken chop and fish & chips at RM5.90.
The budget fish & chips. It uses those frozen fish fillets type la...

Hubby wanted a light dinner so he ordered this.

For RM5.90, OK what.
Son ordered the Spicy Black Panther set. For RM13.90, it came with curly fries (doused in cheese sauce no less) and ice lemon tea.

Good value.

Be warned. The Spicy Black Panther burger which is a chicken burger is really spicy! 
I ordered the Supreme Beef burger. It was served with fries (and cheese) and came with root beer float. It's more expensive that the Spicy Black Panther Burger at RM15.00.

The burger had a nice 'homemade'-ish beef patty, topped with salami (or some cold cuts) and cheese and were liberally given a black pepper + mayo + chili (?) sauces.

I'm not one who likes having too much sauce in my burger so I find that unnecessary and overwhelming. And it made the bun soggy.

But then, I know others love having sauces on their burgers, unlike me. ^^
Our dinner cost us a 'mere' RM34.80.

If we were to return, I want to try something else. And I have to ask them not to give me too much sauce lah! Hahaha

If anyone keen to try Dapoq Street, you can find their details in their FB page or IG @dapoqstreet.
Cari sendiri, ok? 


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